10 Essence of Taijiquan with images

This year I have been studying Yang Taijiquan deeply with Coach Chris Pei of United States Wushu Academy in Falls Church Virginia. Some of the classes have involved taking a theme from the 10 essences and apply it in Long form study. We are also to memorize the 10 Essences, it comes to make for a great story. Here is how I describe it. Please note the Chakras (Psychic channels in Esoteric arts like Tantric yoga) are my own additions based on my experience and I use them to help remember the 10 Essences. The first 5 essences are physical while the last are mental.

First 5:
It all starts at the crown (chakra) where you need to relax and feel a pull from the top of your head.
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Once you are able to do so, (throat chakra) you can next feel a natural pull downward in the opposite direction as the shoulders and elbows sink down.

After that is achieved (Heart Chakra) sink the chest and raise the back can be attained. This will allow the breath to begin to sink toward Dan tien.

Relax the waist (Solar Plexus) is possible when the first three are understood, the Qi can collect in Dan Tien.

From the prior 4 principles the next (root chakra) the legs will be able to understand the substantial (yang) and insubstantial (yin) weight separation.

The second half begins the mental training once you are able to master the first 5. Once you begin to understand the separation of weight you can begin to move and practice coordination of the upper and lower parts of the body with stepping. Continuity of movement is achieved when you can separate the weight, coordinate the upper and lower body without interruption as a connected whole. The quality of the continuity must be harmonized from the inside with a soft pliable internal energy (qi) and physical frame (external) is performed without too much hard and tense strength (Li). The inside of the frame must be coordinated with the outside of the frame (balance/middle path). Using the mind (Yi: will and intent) (third eye) you will be able to achieve stillness in movement and movement in stillness when all 10 of these principles are harmonized in your Taijiquan practice.

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Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Massage Therapist licensed under the Virginia Board of Nursing, and is currently a student at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine (VUOM.edu). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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